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Foster “Mom” on Drugs Kills Baby; Biological Mother Brokered Baby for Govt.-paid Drugs

An absolute nightmare… this just came over email:

“Have ya’ll heard about the Ga woman who forgot her foster infant inside a hot minivan. The baby died. She managed to get her two adopted kids in the house, but claims because she was taking rx for strep throat she forgot the baby. See the story below.

Bio mom made a deal with the state- traded baby for treatment of bipolar. The irony here, the bio mom lost custody because she was taking rx and could harm the child. The foster parent was taking rx and killed the child.

A blogger from Ga wrote, regarding the bio mom:

It is my understanding that Ms. Carter (Jessica Scovil’s Mother) sought public services for treatment of a mental health disorder-bipolar disorder (or manic depression) because she is 19, she is not covered under her parent’s health insurance and did not have the funds herself to see treatment, so she turned to our Dept of Health and Human Services to see if there were any programs that might help fund treatment for her (ie,medication, counseling/therapy, etc). 

When it was learned that she was a new mom of a 4 (four) month old infant, the social worker decided that she was not capable of caring for her infant. As I understand it-a deal was brokered. The State of GA would fund her treatment as long as baby Jessica was temporarily signed over to foster care. In other words, Jessica’s parents made a deal with the devil, and it didn’t take ’em long to realize it.

They got legal representation and tried to bring their baby girl home. A hearing was set for September 16, 2008, where it was expected Jessica would be returned to her parents. Unfortunately, the foster mother ensured the Mother would never again have custody of her child by baking the baby in her vehicle. 

Jessica was returned to her parents and family as a corpse.

The State of Georgia and Wendy Obsborne are solely responsible for this child’s death-and we’ve yet to hear another peep about prosecuting Ms. Osborne-who by all rights should be in JAIL for what she did.

If she were the natural mother of baby Jessica she would have been arrested on the spot for killing that innocent baby. But since she’s on the State of Georgia’s payroll as a foster “parent”, she’s going to get off scott free.

No charges filed.

http://www.ajc. com/metro/ content/metro/ stories/2008/ 09/03/baby_ death_heat. html
9-month old dies in hot minivan

Foster mother said she had taken prescription medication, forgot baby was in vehicle
The Atlanta Journal-Constitutio n
Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A 9-month-old girl died Tuesday after her foster mother said she forgot the infant inside a hot minivan for more than two hours, officials said.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies are still investigating Wendy Osborne’s account. The 29-year-old Nicholson woman told Jackson County Sheriff deputies that she came home from a doctor’s appointment about 2:30 p.m., unloaded her two adopted girls but forgot about the baby in the car seat.

Osborne, a foster parent for five years, said she took a nap, waking around 5 p.m. Maj. David Cochran of the sheriff’s department said at that point she remembered the baby in the minivan.

State Child Advocate Tom Rawlings identified the girl as Jessica Marie Scovil. The infant, who had lived with Osborne for five months, was pronounced dead by emergency personnel called to the scene, Cochran said.

Osborne told deputies she had been sick for several days and was prescribed medication for strep throat, which may have contributed to her drowsiness. A toxicology report has been ordered, and charges could be filed.

Two other foster children who had been living with Osborne were removed from the home, Cochran said.

The state Division of Family and Children Services, which oversees the foster care system, is also investigating the death, said spokeswoman Dena Smith. She said there had been no indications of problems with Osborne as foster mother.

Rawlings said if Osborne’s version is correct, he would tend to oppose criminal charges.

“I usually look at these kinds of situations as there but for the grace of God go I,” he said.”

Filed under: dead babies, foster care, legal kidnapping, state-paid meds


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